A High Court judge yesterday ruled in favour of the United Workers Party (UWP) after a motion was filed to review the decision to expel Castries Central MP Richard Frederick and by extension have the party’s annual convention cancelled for this purpose.
The judgement was handed down by Justice Darshan Ramdhani.
Top party officials including its current leader Allen Chastenet were among those that were present for the hearing.
The motion was filed with the High Court on October 24, by Chairman of the Castries Central Constituency group of the UWP Mark Louis.
The motion also sought to block the move to endorse a new candidate for Frederick’s current seat.
The plaintiff’s argument is that proper disciplinary procedures were not followed in Frederick’s case, which led to his expulsion.
Following the ruling, Chastenet expressed his satisfaction and told the media that the application lost on all counts.
The UWP leader said it goes to show that the party have been operating in a transparent manner and continues to stick to its rules and regulations.
Chastenet said given this ruling, the UWP can now focus its attention on gaining more support on the ground and aim towards winning the next general elections.
The UWP National Council had voted to expel Frederick on Sunday, August 17.
Frederick has claimed that his expulsion was triggered as a result of dictatorship in the party.
All is now set for the UWP annual convention in Gros Islet today, where a decision will be made to elect a new leader for the party.
Chastenet and Dr. Claudius Preville will be battling for the top post.